Back to School:
Tips to Ensure Your Children are Safe

As many are aware, as our children head back to school this Fall, new procedures will be implemented. Familiarize yourself with how your child's school will handle daily routines, and provide personal distancing, hand washing, temperature taking, etc. 

Some additional items to put in the backpack:
- A personal, clean, well-fitting and comfortable face mask
- Personal hand sanitizer and bottle of water
 
Remind your child to wash their hands throughout the day and not touch their faces with dirty hands. It may be a good idea to reinforce that they should not share food or drink with their friends. Have them wash their hands upon returning home from school and if their face mask is cloth, wash it each day.
 
Familiarize yourself with your local COVID-19 testing sites in the event you or your child develop symptoms. Some sites may include free testing.
 
Click here to find testing sites in Delaware.
Click here to find testing sites in Maryland.

Ways to Support Your Children
1. Talk to them about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer their questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way they can understand. Click here to for the most updated facts.

2. Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn from you how to cope with stress.

3. Limit your family's exposure to news coverage, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and become frightened about something they don't understand.

4. Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are online or closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.

5. Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

6. Allocate time with your family. Take a walk, ride a bike, read together, exercise, and play board games.

Food Assistance:
Catholic Charities Helps Families with Food Insecurities

For those children who are physically returning to school, their breakfast and lunch needs will be met through government subsidized programs. But for those children who will not be returning to the traditional school setting, food insecurities will continue. About 20 million kids depend on school for meals.

To make a safe, non-contact food donation, please call ahead to our drop-off locations during business hours, at all Catholic Charities locations (with the exception of Bayard House). Click here to find the location closest to you.
 
If you or someone you know, are in need of emergency food, please click here to locate and call the Catholic Charities office closest to you.
 
To make an online donation, please click here. Designate your donation, by choosing the "Food Assistance" tab under, "Please designate my gift to the following Ministry."
Children's Place Stores
Makes Generous Donation of Back-to-School Outfits.


A big Thank You goes to the Children's Place stores of Dover and Rehoboth Beach. 

The stores generously donated 30 boxes of brand new children's clothing. Qualified families with school-age children can now receive "back-to-school" outfits.

Until the Thrift Center reopens for retail, Catholic Charities will distribute the new clothes to families in our Food Assistance program when they come to pick up their food. 

For information about our Food Assistance programsclick here.
Shout-out to CCUSA:

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), was the recipient of 2,100 lbs. of cheese! The cheese was donated by a Wisconsin member of the Dairy Pricing Association; a grassroots dairy farmer organization. 

CCUSA coordinated the effort by referring the donation to our Seton Center office and then paying for the cheese to be processed into 1lb. bags of shredded cheese. Flexport donated transit costs to transport the cheese to New Jersey for processing, and then for delivery to Catholic Charities Seton Center, in Princess Anne, MD.

A very special thank you to CCUSA, Dairy Pricing Association and Flexport for their generous donations! They've helped Catholic Charities continue to serve over 8,600 individuals and families in our community.
Behavioral Health Services
Ways to Support Your Child

If your student is struggling with returning to school, Catholic Charities can help! Families whose children who are experiencing behavioral or emotional problems, may benefit from participating in Catholic Charities' Behavioral Health Services. The program works with children, teens and their families to find ways to address presenting problems to improve quality of life for the entire family.

Appointments are available by safe, remote video-link. The program accepts most insurance plans, and can provide a self-pay sliding fee scale for clients who are under- or uninsured.

Call for an appointment with one of our licensed therapists. 
In New Castle County, call 302-655-9624; in Kent County, call 302-674-1600; in Sussex County, call 302-856-9578, in Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore, call 410-651-9608.

To Support This Program Through Financial Donation
Click here to make an online donation to Behavioral Health Services. Select "Behavioral Health Services" under "Please designate my gift to the following Ministry."

How Catholic Charities Helps Behavioral Health Clients

Click here to listen to Lisa Ritchie, Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services Program Manager, as she describes how Catholic Charities is helping behavioral health clients during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Podcast originally aired on Saturday, July 18, 2020. 

Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington, and broadcasts every Saturday morning at 11am. It is the longest running non-liturgical Catholic radio program in the United States, making its debut on April 9, 1939.
Thank You to All Our Supporters & Partners! 
We continue to receive record numbers of requests for assistance.
Please help where you can.
To make your online donation, click here.


We accept donations of non-perishable food and grocery items, diapers,
personal hygiene itemscleaning supplies, and gift cards during regular business hours.
Please call ahead to the Catholic Charities location nearest you.
For a list of locations and numbers, 
click here.

Your kindness goes a long way!

We Would Like to Recognize the following Catholic Charities Partners:
Delaware State Housing Authority, Somerset County Commissioners, Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, United Way of Delaware, United Way of Lower Eastern Shore, Delaware Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Eastern Shore, Raskob Foundation,
Laffey-McHugh Foundation, Catholic Charities USA.

Our Services Remain Open!
Please visit our website for the latest information on how to access services.

Catholic Charities serves the most vulnerable in Delaware and the 
Eastern Shore of Maryland, regardless of religion, race, or ability to pay.

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Catholic Charities Mission
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington exists to help fulfill the Christian duty to love and serve God's people. Our mission is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The universal and local Church proclaims the Gospel and teaches the recognition of the dignity and sacredness of each human life and the belief that we are called to share our resources with the most vulnerable among us.

It is the mission of Catholic Charities to address human suffering and to promote and restore
the well-being of people and society by:
* Providing, as a primary focus, caring service to families and persons in need;
* Coming together with members of the community to become informed about and to take action on critical social issues; and,
* Advocating publicly for social policies which enhance human dignity and safeguard basic human rights.


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